The Washington Redskins lost backup quarterback Kirk Cousins
to a foot injury during last night’s preseason contest against the Pittsburgh
Steelers. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, as Cousins is
set to undergo further evaluation today.
Here is Dr. Ray Solano’s take on the injury and what could
be in store for Cousins:
"Kirk Cousins was seen leaving FedEx Field last night
in a boot and on crutches. Early reports are that he has suffered a mid-foot
sprain and more exams are coming today. The next few days are critical in
understanding his injury and his length of absence from the field.
The big concern is that he may have suffered a 'Lisfranc'
injury to his foot. Lisfranc (midfoot) injuries result if bones in the midfoot
are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn. The severity of the
injury can vary from simple to complex, involving many joints and bones in the
Cousins had an x-ray in the locker room that came back
negative. What does this mean? Broken bones (fractures) and the position of the
bones can be seen in an x-ray image. An x-ray also can show the alignment of
the Lisfranc joint. Any change in the normal joint may suggest injury to the
ligaments. The negative x-ray finding, in my mind, was a good sign. An MRI is
scheduled for today to confirm the original diagnosis. These studies can create
better images of soft tissues like the tendons and ligaments.
Cousins' mechanism of injury appeared quite different than
that of fellow teammate Phillip Thomas. Thomas eventually was diagnosed with a
Lisfranc injury and is out for the season. We will have a better understanding
of Cousins' injury and return to play in the next day or so. I suspect Cousins
to be out for at least the remainder of the pre-season."
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